Why Is Heart Disease Deadlier for Black Women and Other Women of Color?

One in two Black women will die of heart disease, and they are three-to-four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications, including eclampsia and preeclampsia. Here, Dr. Michelle Albert, President of the Association of Black Cardiologist, recites a self-penned poem titled Silent Screams, which highlights the social and economic barriers that Black women face when seeking care and prevention of these deadly illnesses.

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Michelle A. Albert, MD MPH, is the President of the Association of Black Cardiologists and the Walter A. Haas-Lucie Stern Endowed Chair in Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).